Preconference Speaker

8:30-11:30 a.m. | Tuesday, August 28 

PRECONFERENCE – Business Acumen for the HR Professional (Approved for BMS Credit)

We hear about it a lot. HR people need to possess business acumen. But what does that mean? What exactly is business acumen? What behaviors and competencies are demonstrated when we have it? Is it all about numbers and data – or are there other qualities? What gets in our way in communicating clearly that we possess this important capability? During this session you will explore all of this in a practical, down-to-earth session with plenty of interaction. You will discuss how it all begins with understanding your organization’s business strategy, then connecting HR strategy to it. You will review the key behaviors needed to demonstrate business acumen and ways to continue to develop those behaviors. Most importantly, you will develop confidence in your business acumen capabilities and be energized to maximize your impact.


Sandra Allgeier | Allgeier Human Resources Consulting

Allgeier is a consultant, speaker, trainer and author who assists organizations to best maximize their human potential. She is known for engaging her audiences with a high degree of participation. Prior to beginning her consulting and speaking business in 2000, Allgeier’s experience included corporate HR leadership roles in Fortune 500 organizations within several industries including hospitality, financial services and assisted living. Allgeier’s background includes a strong focus on helping individuals and organizations in building personal credibility and communication capabilities. Her book The Personal Credibility Factor: How to Get It, Keep It, and Get It Back (If You’ve Lost It)has been featured in O Magazineand USA Today. Her major focus today is assisting organizations to develop their greatest asset – their people!